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State Plan

Every year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), in partnership with the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council (WRC), updates its State Plan for how it will administer vocational rehabilitation (VR) and supported employment services.

With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in 2014, DVR began incorporating its state plan into the Combined State Plan (CSP), a comprehensive statewide plan that includes Wisconsin's other workforce partners. The CSP is mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor and is updated and submitted every four program years.

2018 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment

2021 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment

State Plan

The Vocational Rehabilitation Services State Plan provides a blueprint for how the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will achieve service goals and commitments.

The DVR State Plan development process provides for public comment, and consideration by the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council prior to its incorporation into the Combined State Plan. Further consideration and public comment is provided by the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment.

With an $80+ million annual investment in people with disabilities, their training and placement in good paying jobs, VR services have a positive impact on Wisconsin's families and economy. Wisconsin's Vocational Rehabilitation Services continue to be an important part of Wisconsin's future economic success.

Details of the State Plan can be found here or under Title IV of the WIOA Combined State Plan. To easily access specific sections of the State Plan, please use the drop-down menu below.

Combined State Plan

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system.

States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals.One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers.

Visit the WIOA Combined State Plan for more information.